A quick look at Space Out (www.spaceout.gov.sg) will tell you that many malls in Singapore still get pretty crowded during meal times. Although retail outlets remain closed, people are heading to the malls to buy food and to visit banks and supermarkets as well. If you are looking for a mall in the East with a good range of takeaway options but does not get too crowded, you may want to check out Kinex Mall. Takeaway from Kinex can mean Ribeye Steak and Avo & Hummus Toast or cheap and good Congee and Curry Rice.
Brazil, which got its name from the abundance of brazilwood; Salzburg, Austria (from “salt”), Żebbuġ, Malta (from “olives”); and Gas, Kansas (no imagination needed with this one) are examples of places named after their main products. If an alien were to land in Paya Lebar and take a short walk around the MRT station, it might well conclude that “Paya Lebar” means “Bubble Tea”. There are more than 10 shops offering a wide variety of bubble tea in Paya Lebar in the 3 malls connected to the MRT Interchange.
PLQ Mall has become a popular dining destination. Across the road from the mall is PLQ Parkside, a mini park with an outdoor playground for children. There are a few eateries around the green space. One of them is the newly opened Jasmine Cafe & Kitchen, which serves local, Western, Japanese and Thai dishes.
Taiwanese fried chicken chain 艋舺ㄟ雞排 Monga Fried Chicken has a new outlet in Singpost Centre. It is the chain’s first dine-in restaurant in Singapore. So we can now sit down and enjoy freshly made piping hot Monga Fried Chicken at the fast food style restaurant in Paya Lebar.
Chug Chug Paya Lebar is one of those hard to define F&B outlets. It can be a family restaurant or it can be a bar and its food is a fusion of varied cuisines. Located in PLQ 3 with al fesco seating by a mini park, the new Chug Chug in Paya Lebar Quarter is a nice place for the after work crowd and can also be an all day dinning spot where parents and kids can have a good affordable family meal.